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Tile Bar, Magician Owners Let Their Son Drive the Bar

12th Street Ale House
Yesterday Eater sniffed out the just-opened 12th Street Ale House, in the former Dick’s space. We’ve confirmed it is indeed operated by the owners of the Magician and Tile Bar (they also own the building), but despite that new-bar smell, we have to say it’s missing some of the charm of those haunts (and do a dozen okay beers on tap warrant the name “Ale House”?). In fact it seems some of the staff agrees with us — we’ve heard they’re none too pleased that the 21-year-old son of the owners is cutting his managerial teeth at the spot and planning to install a beer-pong table in the back to go along with plasma TVs loaded up with sports packages. An attempt to serve warm pretzels has already failed (the free-popcorn machine should be working soon), and it seems the staff is waiting for the rest of the fratty extras to recede so the bar can turn into a solid local à la sister spot WXOU. Here's our question: Where the hell is the jukebox? Related: 12th Street Ale House Opens, More Red Mango! [Eater]

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Greenpoint Saved From Starbucks by a Mediterranean Bistro

Boerum Hill: Reports that owners of WXOU Radio and WCOU Radio (the Tile bars) and the Magician are taking over the Brooklyn Inn and will lose the pool table. [Eater] Carroll Gardens: Cash-only Quench perturbed some residents who claim the spot prefers men with shaved arms to their "kind of [atm-needing] people." [Brooklyn Record] Chelsea: Former model Eric Milon, now behind Miami's Opium Group, overheard discussing the former Crobar space. [Down by the Hipster] Financial District: From a tipster: "FYI, Amarok, (or Marok Bar ) was closed by the health inspectors. I was there last night and there were yellow signs posted around the entire bar." [Grub Street] Forest Hills: Latina Cabana Express now open, but will it become a neighborhood favorite, or be doomed by skimping on ingredients or being mean to its customers? [Forest Hills 72] Greenpoint: Former Monsignor space on Lorimer seems to have avoided the corporate devil by becoming a Mediterranean bistro, not Starbucks. One prediction: Olive Garden. [A Test of Will] Prospect Heights: A section of the former Ward Bread Bakery Complex, which will be demolished for the Atlantic Yards project, collapses before its time. [WABC]

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